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Airplane Baby Shower - Great for Baby Boys!
If there's a little boy about to join the family, an airplane baby shower theme can be really fun and festive, especially if one of the parents is a pilot or works in the aviation industry. So celebrate that future pilot with some of the creative and unique ideas featured in this post.
You'll find tips for every aspect of the shower from the invitations to the food to the perfect gift to welcome the aviator-to-be. Your guest's excitement will surely be soaring to new heights!!
Airplane Baby Shower Invitations
Start with airplane themed invitations. You can find them online or you can make them yourself. Many online companies sell fully personalized airplane themed invitations that feature all the shower details and clever wording about the special package delivery that is on the way.
For unique DIY cheap baby shower invitations with an airplane theme, you can create "boarding passes." Use plain paper in your computer and design a cute ticket that shows when guests are to arrive and that they will be boarding Baby Airlines. You can find a FREE boarding pass template design that can be downloaded to Microsoft Word from i-do-it-yourself.com. Note that these were originally designed for wedding save the date notes, but they would work perfectly as baby shower invitations too.
You can also buy adorable airplane themed invitations at Esty.
Airplane Decoration Ideas
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When it comes to the decor, the sky's the limit. You can make clouds out of balloon bunches or make paper cutouts with cotton balls glued to them. You can have a tabletop designed to look like a runway. Just draw a black line down a white tablecloth for a runway and put a toy airplane at the end of it. Fill the airplane with little gifts or leave as is. You can include little plastic people to make it even more authentic. Fisher Price makes an adorable airplane that could be given to Mom as a newborn gift after the shower.
Other ideas include hanging paper airplanes from the ceiling and light fixtures along with streamers and balloons with an airplane shape or motif. World maps can be used to decorate the walls and as placemats for table settings. Use small open suitcases to hold "in-flight" snacks or drinks and inflatable or table globes to add a travel or destination flair.
You can get really creative with the airplane baby shower theme ideas. It's so much fun and you can add little touches like toy airplanes or give out airplane-shaped candies or candles in goody bags. You can have fun using cocktail napkins, swizzle sticks, maraschino cherries for drinks, and more.
Little touches will make it really fun to carry the theme through. Ask guests to wrap their gifts in paper that has airplanes on it. Sprinkle airplane shaped confetti and do a bon voyage sign pointing towards a hospital. Pack a suitcase with things a mom would need like newborn diapers, tiny baby outfits to bring baby home in and use at the hospital, lotions, diaper cream, and more.
Even More Fun Aviator Party Decoration Ideas
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Airplane Baby Shower Food Ideas
Serve your food on trays that the airlines might use. You can find throw away foam trays at party shops or restaurant supply stores. It will add a fun atmosphere to the party. Serve individual portions of food like packets of peanuts, creme brulee in individual crocks or muffins. Finger foods that can be eaten with just hands are also good. Serve individual sodas in miniature cans like they have on the airlines. You can find them now in grocery stores. Serve drinks from a cart like a flight attendant.
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Alternatively, serve the meal in a boxed "in-flight" meal plastic favor container like you can literally buy on airplanes these days. Include a sandwich, chips, cookies and some fruit and package it like the one shown in the photo to the right. You can get the adorable personalized baby shower favor tags, napkin rings, and decorations for the in-flight meal as shown in the photo.
Airplane Cake Ideas
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For the cake, you can make one to look like an airplane. In fact, Amazon sells numerous cake pans that are shaped like an airplane. Then just use your creative side to decorate it in colors to match your shower color scheme.
Alternatively, have a bakery make you a cake with fondant figures and an airplane cake topper. You can show a pregnant mom to be boarding the airplane for a few laughs. For the guests at the shower that aren't big fans of cake, you could also make airplane cut-out cookies using a simple cookie cutter.
Make Your Own Hard Sugar Airplane Cupcake Toppers!
Make your own airplane themed cupcakes with this cute idea!
Airplane Cake & Cupcake Supplies from Amazon
As you know, Wilton is a huge supplier of cake supplies and pans. If you visit their website, you can find many more ideas for airplane cakes including 3-D versions.
Baby Shower Game Ideas
Classic shower games such as baby shower bingo or baby word scrambles are an excellent choice no matter what the shower theme.
But for an airplane baby shower, you could consider some form of "Pack the Suitcase" where you break the guests into several teams and give them each a small suitcase along with some baby clothes (you want to have enough clothes to make it tough to get the suitcase zipped). The must fold the clothes and zip up the suitcase. Mom can judge who does it best to determine the winner.
Or consider an Paper Airplane contest. Give each guest a piece of paper and have them construct an airplane. Then have a throwing contest. Whoever throws their plane the farthest wins.
Another great option is printable baby shower games and PrintableGamesAtoZ.com has TONS of options for baby showers. Just click, print, and play your favorite.
Airplane Baby Shower Favors - It's All About The Destination!
Any sort of favor that has a travel or destination style would be an excellent choice for this baby shower theme. We found some adorable suitcase style containers that can be filled with candies and then embellished with a personalized sticker (perfect for unique baby shower favors). Airplane shaped luggage tags, personalized travel sized hand santizers, lotions or lip balms would also be adorable ideas. You can also visit Wedding Favors Unlimited for all kinds of airplane wedding favors that would just as well for baby showers!
Baby Gifts with an Airplane Theme
Make a baggage claim area where mom can open her gifts. Guests will know to place their gifts there when they arrive. Give her a plastic seat to sit on just like the airlines have and make a first class sign to place over the chair the mom to be will be sitting in. In the invitations, you can tell guests that they are allowed to bring one carry-on travel-sized item for the mom to be. This can be lotion, baby bath, or any travel sized toiletry item. It's a cute way to collect items for the new mom to use for baby.
There are no shortage of unique baby shower gifts available with an airplane theme. What little boy wouldn't love to wear a onesie with an airplane motif or tote around a security blanket covered in airplanes. Another fun idea is to make a diaper cake that features an airplane motif like the one shown in the photo.
Did you know that September 13 is Grandparent's Day this year? It's a day dedicated to making time for your elders and showing them that they are truly appreciated for all that they have done. What better way to show them that you care than to make them homemade Grandparent's Day gifts?
Here are a few craft ideas that your kids will not only have fun with, but that their grandparent's will absolutely adore.
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Play with Clay Sculpture
Having fun with art
Whether done at home or on a crafty outing, handled by a professional or managed by little hands, it is a great way to enjoy a couple hours of any day. Grandparents and grandchildren alike can enjoy in the fun that comes from making something from nothing. Turn it on a wheel to make a bowl, or create any number of characters and objects with a few simple tools. Many types of clay are able to be baked right in your home oven, so have some fun with Gram and Gramps and have something unique to show for it.
Tasty treats for all
Who doesn't love the taste of scrumptious baked goods? Whip out the cookbook, online recipes, or family tradition recipes and watch them have a ball. Have the camera ready to catch those once-in-a-lifetime moments on camera. Then stand back and let the grandparent's lead the way. The kids will love the opportunity to munch on snacks and everyone will have the chance to spend some quality time together!
If you don't have a highly functional kitchen, or maybe you have a different event that takes up most of the time, then you can always opt to have the kids give Grandparent's Day cookies as their gift. There are places online that allow you to order gifts for the special occasion. Easy and painlessly.
Paint Your Own Pottery
Keep their little hands busy
Speaking of clay, today there are many places that can now brag a "paint your own pottery" shop. These establishments dedicated to creating something personal and beautiful are a wonderful place to have some fun while being crafty. The clay object is already made for you. You just have to decorate it anyway you see fit. Another great thing about places like this is that they are usually located in areas where there are many shops and restaurants, so the fun can continue after the creations are complete.
Getting crafty and creative
Very inexpensive, but a whole lot of fun are finger-paints. These can be bought at a variety of craft supply stores and discount chains. For the younger grandchildren, they can be a wonderful solution for hours of fun with Grandma and Grandpa.
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In a rainbow of colors, they provide a myriad of options for creating beautiful works of art, while getting a little messy in the process.
Build an Airplane Kits
Planes, trains and automobiles
These kits have been around for ages, so Grandpa will be very familiar with them. When it comes time for Grandparent's Day and you want something to entertain the men- big and little- in your life, build your own airplane kits are built for creative fun followed by hours of flying in the sun.
The kits can start at just six dollars per plane. So, for a very small investment, you can provide hours of grandparent-related fun.
Not into planes? Try for cars, trains or trucks. If they don't have the dexterity or patience for this type of thing, maybe have the children give a classic gift set instead. Anything that they can build together and have fun will be more than enough entertainment for everyone.
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Make Your Own Paper Dolls
Sugar and spice, and everything nice
This project, perfect for a grandmother and granddaughter, requires the use of a scanner, computer and printer. You will also need some inkjet-friendly magnetic sheets. These can be found for sale at a number of office supply stores and some discount chains.
Online, you can find a number of paper doll templates. Print your favorite on traditional copy paper, so you can use them as templates for creating your own doll and clothing designs. Once everyone has drawn out their own dolls and clothing, scan the images into the computer and reprint on the magnetic sheet. Cut them out and use them on the fridge as a fun and creative way to display photos or special papers.
Make Your Own Paper Dolls
Wrapping It Up
With a little creative spirit, Grandparent's Day can be a great time for all generations involved. The day is made to simply show them that you appreciate them and care about them. You can honor those who have had a special impact on your life and lives of your children in a way that ensures that another special memory is made.
Start planning today to prepare that special day for your kids and their grandparents, they'll both enjoy having time spent together and they'll cherish it for years to come.
Heading Off to College
Now is the time when many parents say goodbye to their once-tiny children as they move into a new chapter of their lives; college. Maybe the kids are staying close to home, or traveling far away; no matter which it is, they will still need some basic essentials to get through their new everyday routine.
It's easy to overlook items that you might think aren't important at the time. So pay attention, and you might be able to save yourself a few post move-in shopping trips.
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Getting Their Rest
Believe it or not, your child will need to take a break from studying at some point. When it's time to relax and refresh, it's important to have the necessary items to recharge and help your student excel while they're away.
To start, you'll want to make sure they have adequate bedding items (sheets, comforter, an extra pillow or two). Most of the time, college dorm mattresses are not very comfortable, so you may want to look into purchasing a eggshell-foam (or something similar) mattress pad. After all, they'll need their rest for those likely early freshman classes.
On move-in day, don't forget your tool kit! When you are setting up the bed (maybe it's a bunk, maybe it's a loft but you never know) you will likely need to tighten bolts, loosen bolts, or somehow set up a study sleeping area for your child. These tools are also essential for any last minute furniture you might be putting together.
Find Bedding in XL Twin
The Standard College Mattress Size
Make sure that when you are buying bedding that you know what size you are looking for. Most dorm mattresses measure in at an XL twin. Because this is the average size, you'll usually be able to find bedding in this exact size in a variety of colors and styles.
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When shopping for dorm room furniture, take into consideration the tiny size of the room. Usually the college will let you know the dimensions of the room so you will know what you're working with.
Furniture to consider:
- Futon or Small Couch
- Collapsible Chairs (butterfly chairs are great)
- Floor Rug (helpful for covering extension cords)
- Desk Chair (typically colleges supply desks for each dorm room)
Size Still Matters
Be sure that your child contacts their future roommate before you actually purchase any furniture or appliances, so that you know what you're responsible for bringing. And of course, don't forget a couple power strips.
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Appliances to consider:
- Small Mini-Fridge
- DVD Player
- Cable Cord and Extension Cord
This Isn't Rocket Science
This part you are probably more than familiar with. Notebooks, pens and pencils, highlighters, etc. So be prepared by bringing organizers and bookshelves to keep their school supplies organized.
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Now here's the hard part; books. Your child will have a class list that will help you find what books you will need for each subject. Prepare to buy books before the actual move-in day because you'll find them much cheaper online on sites like Amazon or CampusBooks.com.
Take my word for it, books are extremely expensive every semester, and the costs really add up. So if you can get them cheaper somewhere else just by planning ahead; do it. Otherwise, if you must, purchase them at the school bookstore but be prepared to pay top price for them. Also, if you wait until the last minute to get your books, the used copies might be sold out and you will end up buying a brand new book for twice as much.
Computer or Laptop
Stay Connected and Keep It Convenient
Most kids these days bring their own personal computer or laptop into their dorm. This is where most of the paper writing, assignment reading, and test studying takes place. Generally speaking, a laptop has become more convenient for students to have in the dorms because then they can carry it to class with them and take notes or view the class powerpoints on their own screen.
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No need to get too fancy with the laptop, although you usually get what you pay for. It's safe to say that usually Dell, Gateway, HP and Apple have become well-known among the college kids. If you watch the sales in the paper or online, you'll most likely be able to get a better deal when you are ready to purchase a computer.
After School Snack Comeback
Just because they're in college doesn't mean they've outgrown the 'after-school snack' stage. Despite having a cafeteria plan, sometimes kids miss a meal due to meetings, class projects, class, or they're just too busy with other things. Keep in mind that the cafeteria is usually only open during set times and it's not always easy to make it there before they close. For this reason alone, it's good to stock your child up with some snacks to make sure that they don't miss too many meals. In the meantime, try to choose organic fruit or pack a healthy care package for your child.
Simple dorm food might include:
- Easy Mac
- Pretzels or Chips
- Granola Bars
- Ramen Noodles
- Bottled Water or a Water Purifier
- Sandwich Meat
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Keeping it Clean and Simple
Odds are not in your favor when it comes to dorm room closet space. Since your child will most likely want to bring the whole house plus the kitchen sink, you'll need to figure out a way to make the most of their temporary storage.
For shoes, find a vertical hanging shoe holder. This helps keep it out of the way, but it also utilizes the most of the empty space in the closet. They make a similar style for clothes as well, the only difference is that they are a little wider than the shoe organizer. Use this storage for bulky sweatshirts or sweatpants.
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Save space at the top or bottom where they can keep their clothes basket (since they likely won't want it sitting in the middle of the room). Another popular item for college dorm rooms is a laundry bag, which is another convenient item that they can even hang off the corner of their bed or stow away in their closet.
It Would Stink to Forget These... Literally
Community showers are going to be a new experience for your child so make sure that they are prepared for what's ahead. A spa caddy is an awesome invention for this occasion. They allow you to carry your shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, etc. all in one place. That way it's a fast process with no thinking involved.
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Don't forget to send some shower sandals along with them. With so many people sharing a shower, and build-up of who-knows-what on those floors, they'll be glad that they were prepared with a nice pair of shower sandals. Trust me.
Be sure to stock up on towels as well. Chances are, when it's them doing their own laundry, it won't get done as often. Make sure that they have plenty of towels to last them. One final item to consider is a bath robe. This makes things easier when coming in and out of the shower area without having to lug their clothes and other items.
Leave Them With a Piece of Home
Last but not least, don't forget to leave them with a little piece of home. This would also make as a nice housewarming gift. Pick a favorite family photo and a nice frame to put it in. Before you're ready to leave them in their new home, give them one last item to display. They'll appreciate the thoughtfulness and they'll cherish it later when the homesick feeling starts to sink in.
Once they're settled in for a week or two, remind them that you've always got their back by sending them a fresh fruit basket or cookie gifts. Your kids will enjoy the treats and it will remind them that their family will always be there for them.
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Cute As Can Bee Baby Shower
Not sure whether the new baby will be a boy or a girl? What will the baby "bee" is the perfect theme to choose for the shower. By incorporating either pink or blue in with the traditional black and yellow of a bumble bee, you'll have guests trying to figure out what baby will be well before Mommy's due date.
Here are a few ideas for invitations, decorations, party favors and more to get you on your way to throwing the best bee baby shower ever!
Bee Baby Shower Invitations
When it comes to shower invitations, there are usually several options and you'll want to choose the one that best fits your budget and theme. The pink invites shown below are fully customized invitations that are pre-printed with all of the shower details.
Of course, this type of invitation is more expensive than the write-in kind where you provide the details, but they'll save you lots of time in the long run. They are also quite adorable and fit in perfectly with a bee shower theme!
Pink Sweet as can Bee Baby Shower Supplies
Bee Baby Shower Decorations
Do some thinking about bees before you put these decorations together. Bee cutouts here and there are certainly a natural choice, but flowers of every shape and size as well as hives, beekeeper clothes if you can find them, or even old hive boxes are a good choice to help decorate. For the centerpiece, consider using a large circular container to add pink and blue cake pops in the shape of bees. They can double as food when your guests are ready to eat.
Bee Shower Decorations & Tableware
Here are some ideas for a bee themed party. This looks like it was for a birthday celebration, but it would also work for a baby shower.
Food & Cake Ideas
No baby shower would be complete without an adorable, delicious cake, and there are a number of different choices to consider. A cake in the shape of a beehive is probably a natural choice, and it’s fairly easy to do with a cake of several layers and plenty of icing. Another good choice, though, is to create a cupcake cake with a flower and a tiny bee on top of each cupcake. Other cute food choices might include a snack mix with Honeycombs cereal, or even pretzel rods dipped in pink or blue-tinted white chocolate and covered with bee stripes.
Bee Themed Shower Cake Ideas
How To Make A Bumble Bee Cake
Bee Cake Supplies from Amazon
Some supplies to help the DIY party planner. Cupcakes are the easiest route if you are making them yourself!
Add these to cupcakes for an easy-breezy dessert.
Send everyone home with a little treat!
Bee Baby Shower Games
While there are lots of traditional games you can play at a baby shower with any theme, there are some bee themed games you can incorporate into this one. Create a hive by wrapping a dome shaped drink container with yellow yarn. Inform your guests that you’ve filled it with pink and blue “bees” (which will really be jelly beans). The guest who comes the closest to choosing the right number of each wins a prize. Use the jelly beans on your food table later. You could also offer a bee quiz.
Ask things like how many different species of bee exist, where are the only two places on the planet where they’re not found, and the like. The person with the most correct answers wins. Ask each person to list as many bee themed words as they can think of in two minutes. Answers might be things like pollinate, hive, queen, nectar, honey, and more. The person with the most words in the time frame is the winner.
Bee Baby Shower Bingo Game
Bee Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Shop online and you'll be able to find all kinds of unique gifts such as clothing, hooded towels, bibs and more all with a bee motif. The cute gift above is available from All About Gifts & Baskets.
Cute As Can Bee Baby Gifts
Any of these adorable gifts would work for a boy or a girl!
Bee Themed Favor Ideas
There are several ways to thank guests for coming to your shower with this theme. You could certainly get small jars of honey from a local producer. Tie a note around each one that says “Thanks for BEEing Here!” You could also consider a Burt’s Bees product gift pack for each guest. Bee or hive shaped sugar cookies are another idea. Honey sticks, beeswax or honeycomb-shaped candles or soaps are also a good idea.
Cool Summer Treats
Inviting kids into the kitchen to make their own snacks and meals can spark a lifelong interest in cooking! A fun child birthday gift is an apron and some kid-sized cooking utensils made just for them!
Below I've included a few of my favorite summer treat recipes. Ice Pops and Smoothies are fun summer treats that kids can help make. Fruits and yogurts make them refreshing and healthy too! This summer whip up some cool and refreshing snacks while enjoying time together preparing them.
Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops
It would be hard to find a kid that didn't love ice pops! Making your own is easy. You can purchase ice pop molds, or make your own in small paper cups or even ice cube trays.
- 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries
In a large pitcher, stir together the lemonade concentrate and water. Place strawberries into the container of a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour in some of the lemonade if necessary to help with blending. Stir strawberry puree into the lemonade. Pour into molds, and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
Summer Fruit Kabobs
For your next trip to the beach, pack these easy to make fruit kabobs into your cooler for something healthy to munch on. Kids love "building" their very own fruit creation! Summer is a great time to find healthy, organic fruit at your local farmer's market.
What You Need:
- Assorted fruit pieces of your choice (choose from the following): watermelon, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew
- Deli Turkey, cubed
- Cheddar Cheese, cubed
- Wooden Skewers
Alternate fruits, meats and cheeses on the wooden skewers and enjoy!
Fancy Fun Fruit Kabobs with Philly Hot Fudge Sauce
Banana Split Brownie Pizza
Gourmet desserts are sure to impress, and here's one that's easy to make and looks great! Kids will love cutting up this "pizza" and serving a slice to each family member.
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- 1 (20-ounce) box fudge brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 banana, sliced
- 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
- Maraschino cherries
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
- Whipped cream
- Mint, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Foil line and Grease a 15-inch pizza pan.
2. Prepare brownie mix according to directions on box. Pour onto prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and cool.
3. Beat cream cheese while adding pineapple and sugar together in a bowl. Spread mixture over brownie crust. Arrange banana, strawberry slices, marshmallows, and cherries over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with nuts and coconut. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Add whipped cream on top and mint for garnish. To serve, slice as you would a pizza and enjoy!
Smoothie Recipes Galore!
Throw in some yogurt, fruit, juices and more to create a delicious and refreshing drink that will keep your energy up for all those fun summer activities! Head out to the garden or local farmer's market and fill up your fruit basket, then click the links below for great smoothie recipes.
What would summer be without a little dirt? This delicious snack looks dirty, but is oh so good!
- Oreo Cookies (Crushed Regular, Double Stuff or Chocolate Covered Oreos)
- Chocolate pudding (make it ahead of time)
- Cool Whip
- Gummy Worms
1. In a dish or your choice (plastic cups, or even a small, clean sand pail) layer crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate pudding, and Cool Whip.
2. Top with crushed cookies and place gummy worms on the top!
Alternative: If you want sand instead of dirt use any vanilla sandwich cookie, vanilla pudding and Cool Whip. Add gummy whales or eels or chocolate sea shells for a beach theme!